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University of Florence Natural History Museum

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Address: Via Giorgio La Pira, 4, 50121, Florence, Italy
Phone Number: +39 055 275 6444
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The Museum of Natural History, University of Florence, was founded in 1775...

The Museum of Natural History, University of Florence, was founded in 1775 by Grand Duke Peter Leopold, although the Botanical Garden dates back to 1545. With its 8 million specimens, it is the most important naturalistic museum in Italy and one of the greatest in the world.

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really nice to see

i really enjoyed the museum so much, it was so cool, and i saw many families with their kids who were having so much fun

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 26, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

First of all, I state that the following review concerns only the "Geology and Paleontology" (Via La Pira, 4), not the other sections of the Natural Histoy Museum, which are scattered in various buildings of the city. The "Geology and Anthropology" section shows in my opinion some serious flaws. First of all, of geology items really very little is on... More 

Thank Brun066
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

i really enjoyed the museum so much, it was so cool, and i saw many families with their kids who were having so much fun

Thank Alaa F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

They have a phenomenal collection of taxidermies throughout the museum, some are over 200 years old! Wide variety of every creature you can think of, big and small. Really quite breathtaking, every room is filled with all kinds of creatures and many are extinct so their antiquated collection is really something. The wax anatomy rooms are really impressive, if you... More 

Thank Evan E
Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

This is a museum of the past and should be preserved as such. Few visitors, fewer staff. Dusty cases of poor taxidermy in terrible flourescent lighting. No interactive screens and little annotation - non in English. It reminded me of a trip to Soviet Russian museums in the early 1980s. The museum is less of a museum of natural history... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Full of fascinating things even though some rooms were closed when we were visited. Lovely building and a sense of history added to the old animals and displays. Really worth digging out on a day in Florence, especially for kids but enjoyable for all!

Thank Amber N
Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

As my fellow reviewer Clare advises, walk past the Pitti Palace & about before you arrive at the gates to the mighty Boboli Gardens there's what looks a bit like one of those intriguing entrances to a private palazzo...but whilst it certainly LOOKS like it> it is far from it. Here there's something for everyone's taste & interest! You must... More 

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Brandon, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Marvelous museum, jammed full of interesting exhibits. The incredibly life like wax creations for the education of medical students are unbelievable and tell a fascinating history of medical education. Worth a visit!!!!

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This natural history museum is not like we are used to in the States, and that's a great thing. The medical history section was fascinating, if not some times a little gory/graphic. But I find medical anomalies and the research they did in those eras fascinating!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Keep walking past the Pitti Palace and about 200 years down the road on your left you will find an unimposing entrance that barely advertises itself. The museum is upstairs and you might be forgiven for thinking you are going into a private residence. It opens a little later than some of the other museums and is closed on Mondays... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Amazing collections of Minerals of different sizes and colors, the mamooth skeleton, plant & animal pre-historic fossils plus the Florence Botanical garden (orto botanico) which established in 1545. Recommended!

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